Market Match Supports Rural Communities in California

Market Match Supports Rural Communities in California
Ecology Center partners with over 55 organizations across the state to operate the Market Match program at farmers’ markets and other farm-direct sites by providing extra money to customers spending their CalFresh dollars on locally-produced food. Since 2017, Market Match has partnered with the Crescent City Downtown Divas, a nonprofit founded by women-owned businesses and… Read more »

It’s Official! CA SB 54—California’s Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act—is California Law

It's Official! CA SB 54—California’s Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act—is California Law
Yesterday SB 54 was signed into law establishing one of the world’s largest Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs. The law has a special focus on reducing plastic waste and its harm to communities and the environment. This bill is also among the most far-reaching in its control over the plastic packaging industry. “As the nation’s… Read more »

Increased Funding for Market Match Meets Increased Need for Healthy Food Dollars

Increased Funding for Market Match Meets Increased Need for Healthy Food Dollars
The Ecology Center is thrilled to announce that the legislature has included $20 million for the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) in the state budget over the next two years! This funding will ensure that hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians will continue to receive support for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at hundreds of… Read more »

Big Soda Advertising and Educational Interventions in the Virtual Space

Big Soda Advertising and Educational Interventions in the Virtual Space
Over the past four years, Ecology Center has been reinvesting grant funding from soda tax dollars into initiatives aimed at raising awareness at Berkeley High School about health equity and the growing cases of type 2 diabetes among young people, with an outsized impact on Latinx and African-American youth.  By partnering with teachers, administrators, and… Read more »

What Can I Drop off at the Berkeley Recycling Center?

What Can I Drop off at the Berkeley Recycling Center?
If you are a Berkeley Resident, you wheel out your recycling carts to the curb each week where it is collected for processing by the Ecology Center or the City of Berkeley. Our trucks transport and empty your recycling at the Community Conservation Center’s (CCC) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Second and Gilman St. where… Read more »